Daniel Beckham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 17 Oct 2000 11:38:04 -0500
Weird as it may seem, I've actually learned quite a bit about the
differences between the UC and AC shows because of the "Gundam W Ain't No
Gundam" topic. It did seem to be a troll looking for flames, but a lot of
the conversation was reasonable discussion about the differences between the
series and why some enjoyed the UC continuity better than the Wing/AC
continuity and vise versa.
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Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 11:39 AM
Subject: [gundam] Signal-to-Noise Ratio
> It seems like only yesterday that someone was posting "Test" messages
> the lack of traffic on this list. Oh, hey, wait it minute -- it was the
> before yesterday, wasn't it?
> This morning, I found 122 messages in my GML folder. Of these, 66 had
> variation of "Gundam W Ain't No Gundam" in the Subject line. Eight more
> Subject "Gundam and What It Means To UC-ers" -- a variation on the theme.
> That's 74 out of 123 -- 60% of the lot.
> I didn't bother to read a single one of them.
> I have better things to do with my time.
> And so do all of you.
> Flames are characterized by their heat, but they seldom shed much light.
> Of the remaining 49 items, seven had the Subject "If You Thought The
> Was Ugly" and nine more were the "?!?!?!!!!!" (I hope I spelled that
> spinoff thread. That's 16 out of 123 or 13% -- a little more than an ugly
> doll is worth, even if it was wrongly attributed.
> By way of contrast, there were only two intentional diversions ("More
> Gundam Fights") and only two posts that were clearly marked Off-Topic
> ("Evangelion or Patlabor Kits" and "Someone Up There's Smilin' At Us Anime
> Fans"), although there were five "It's The Same With Escaflowne" and two
> Want! I Want!" (about Votoms' Scopedog) posts that weren't marked OT.
> That whittles it down to 23 posts (out of 123 -- about 20% or 1 in 5) that
> about par for this list, with the following Subjects:
> "Turn A" (5)
> "Does Anyone Know How To Make Models" (4)
> "Anyone Wanna Donate $450?" (3)
> "Are Garage Kit Better?" (3)
> "G-Savious Preview" (2)
> "Gundam Card Game" (2)
> "Dengeki Character Encyclopedia" (1)
> "Favorite Mechanical Designer" (1)
> "Gouf Flight Type Colours: The Chosen" (1)
> "Uh, Gundam Battle Assault" (1)
> So the flame war over UC versus AC Gundam outweighed the totality of
> Gundam-related posts -- and I'm being charitable here by including the
> model-making question as on topic -- by 3 to 1 (60% to 20%).
> I'd rather wonder if the list were down than be inundated in a sea of
> If I'm only going to see 20-odd posts a day that are even marginally
> I'd rather see just those 20 than have to wade through 120 -- or, as in
> case, simply toss 75 away unread -- just to get to something even remotely
> the effort of downloading.
> I can't be alone in this.
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